A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books

 A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Flowers, Gardening, and Things that Grow

Did you know that this familiar rhyme was originally a poem written by Karen Chappell? We thought it might be fun to include the first stanza of this poem as an introduction to the many new and colorful books about flowers and gardening that can be found at your library. Enjoy!

April showers bring May flowers,
That is what they say.
But if all the showers turned to flowers,
We’d have quite a colourful day!

New Picture Books

Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book
by Britta Teckentrup

This book provides children with a very simple explanation of the important job bees have of pollinating flowers. The mixed media illustrations include a die-cut with a bee at the center. The die-cut gets progressively smaller as the story unfolds. This is a very colorful and engaging picture book.
The Best-Ever Step-By-Step Kid’s First Gardening: Fantastic Gardening Ideas for 5 to 12 Year-Olds, from Growing Fruit and Vegetables and Fun with Flowers to Wildlife Gardening and Outdoor Crafts by Jenny Hendy
Winner of the Practical Gardening Book of the Year, with 120 fun projects for kids.
The Butterfly Garden by Laura Weston
This lift-the-flap board book presents the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. The illustrations are done in black and white, but the flaps reveal pops of color. Simple language explains the transformation.
Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland
Henri the caterpillar sets off on a great adventure beyond the walls of his garden, but in the end discovers there’s no place like home.
Fantastic Flowers by Susan Stockdale
This book includes a wide array of unusual flowers that resemble other things, including animals and even people. The illustrations are visually striking. Back matter includes information about pollination. Common names, scientific names, native ranges, and pollinators are listed for each flower included in the book. A color photograph of each flower is also included and complements the artwork nicely.

Karl, Get Out of the Garden!: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything by Anita Sanchez, illus. by Catherine Stock

This lovely picture book biography tells the story of Karl Linne, the 18th century Swedish botanist responsible for the plant and animal classification system still in use by scientists today. The watercolor and pen and ink illustrations incorporate many quotes by Linne and add interest to the story of this lesser known yet quite significant naturalist.

Look! Flowers! By Stephanie Calmenson, illus. by Puy Pinillos

Eighteen different flowers are presented, some well-known and some a bit more rare. The rhymes provide quite a bit of information and the detailed illustrations encourage taking a second look.
Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Greening Up Spaces by Megan Kopp
Part of the Be a Maker! series of books that encourages hands-on learning through experimentation. In this book, kids will be inspired to create their own gardening and landscaping projects in unique spaces, including vertical and roof top gardening, terrariums, and water features.
My Busy Green Garden by Terry Pierce, illus. by Carol Schwartz
This cumulative tale, in the style of The House that Jack Built introduces many creatures and critters found in the garden and makes for a great read-aloud. The realistic illustrations are lush and colorful and provide much for young readers to discover.
Pairs! In the Garden by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illus. by Lorna Scobie
This board book actually incorporates a matching game within the story. Children must lift the flaps to find a matching pair of butterflies, bees, caterpillars, and other critters found in the garden.
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
Another delightful interactive book from Christie Matheson, author of Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star. Children are invited to tap, press, and clap their way through growing zinnias. This will be great fun for preschoolers learning about how things grow.
Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch, illus. by Mia Posada
The watercolor and collage illustrations show how plants wiggle, creep, climb and even bounce along. The concept is a bit unusual but quite fascinating. Extensive back matter includes information about each of the plants featured as well as a glossary of terms. Additional books and websites are listed as well.
Roots, Stems, Leaves, and Flowers: Let’s Investigate Plant Parts by Ruth Owen
This is part of the Get Started with STEM series which includes lots of interesting scientific facts, experiments, and activities to bring STEM alive for young children. This particular title examines plant structure and includes information about wild plants as well as garden plants.
What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward, illus. by Susie Ghahremani
From dandelions to oak trees, find out what will grow from different types of seeds in this riddle picture book. The unique illustrations, gouache on wood, and several fold-out pages add to the fun.
Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel
Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Masters of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.
“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” by Eugene Field.”